HOT HOUSE: 15 Oak Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, De. 19971

Cedar shingled, Craftsman style beach cottage, eight doors from the ocean in north Rehoboth. Built in 2008, with four bedrooms and five full baths over three stories. 3,500 sq. ft. includes large, screened front porch: $2,499,000

What:  “Oh please, Dad?” This classic east coast beach house stands ready to hold generations of your family’s summer memories. There are several similar “cottages” on the market right now in Rehoboth, some a little bigger, all “ocean block” and all about the same price. 15 Oak Avenue has the most curb appeal, which is how it made the cut.

Featured in Delaware Beach Life in 2009 (fish out your old copy from under the bed), it also won the Main Street Cottage Award in 2008. A custom home, virtually new, it is presumably not in need of any work, now or any time in the near future. It has central air, as well a three season screened porch, and a small back yard — professionally landscaped and irrigated.  Realtor says all Rehoboth beach properties have 50’x100’ lots. 

The four bedrooms are all described as “masters,” and it’s true that they are good sized, with adjoining bathrooms. You could easily fill one up with bunk beds and sleep four or more children there. There are several walk-in closets, and bathrooms are all modern.  The kitchen has a large breakfast bar, new appliances and a great looking, six-burner industrial range that’s slightly unexpected in a beach house. It’s all very nice, and most important, eight houses from the beach. So take that $2.5 million you’ve got gathering dust, plunk it down right here and make everyone happy…for a change.

Where: Oak Avenue is at the north end of the boardwalk, at a slight, but very walkable remove from the action of downtown.  It is also near the Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association, which has tennis courts, and Cape Henlopen State Park, which has walking and biking trails. Rehoboth is about 21/2 hours from Baltimore.

Why: Beach.

Why Not: Summer memories will include kids screaming during sweltering traffic jams on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

NB: No garage, but nice outdoor shower.